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How do you shop for parts ?  

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    • I buy from eBay from time to time
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    • I search eBay a lot for parts I need - I also buy and sell on eBay consistently
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    • I prefer local swap meets only
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    • I only go to the big shows such as Bakersfield, Hershey or Carlisle
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    • I only buy from other AACA members on the For Sale section of this forum
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    • None of the above
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11 minutes ago, mike6024 said:

You're a flipper Bob? I'd never have guessed. Good for you.

Any time I see a $100.00 item priced at $10.00 I grab it, fun shopping with my 7 year old grandson and passing along tips like that. Bob 

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I have not been buying nearly as much as compared to 5 years ago or so. E bay has definitely gone down hill. At the same time shipping took a big jump. No more cheap rate shipping. Everything needs to be sent priority

signed for, a substantial upcharge. 

 I can only afford to go to reasonably close swap meets . Hershey and Bakersfield are bucket list events , but too costly for my post retirement budget. But it seems less and less of what I am interested in { Brass era } is

showing up each year. The last few years I have been buying more tools than parts at swap meets. Just not seeing things I need except for my 1914 Ford T speedster parts pile. That one is seeing slow but steady additional 

basic parts addition. I now have most of what can be found used, next step is to start buying all the new parts needed.

 Also still getting over a car purchase back in  the summer . Only $8500 but knocked my hobby fund flat.

 

Greg in Canada

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I used to buy and flip on ebay. Now dont consider it worth my time, per what Greg just said. Ebay is all about buying and against sellers and yes, this has been said 1000 times before. but, I still buy on ebay, selectively. Now that they are collecting sales tax, my buying has really gone down. I ask myself no matter what- do I really need that? The answer is

invariably NO. So now my credit card hardly gets used, my garages are getting cleaned out and my life is simplified.

 

With about 20% of my life left- (just a guess) I now consider much more how I spend, waste my time daily. Dont need a hoard of parts and still need to sell a few more cars.............

 

the higher costs of selling, shipping etc have helped define my existence and time spent on what matters.

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I like to sell on this site but sales are very slow. even the number of views is modest. I buy any where and every where. I do like doing swapmeets but my nearest one is 5 hours and a couple are a 12 hour drive... really hard to justify with the price of fuel and the modest sales at the swap meet. sometimes you do find some interesting package deals to buy and that is good. Generally the cost of doing this business is getting too high to justify but I love seeing my friends and talking cars for the weekend.

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7 hours ago, mercer09 said:

Now that they are collecting sales tax, my buying has really gone down.

That's right, thumbs down to eBay.  The few things I bought on eBay recently were possibly, maybe competitively priced, but no more with sales tax.

 

I think they shot themselves in the foot.

 

BTW, that Supreme Court ruling was wrong, wrong, wrong.  Do governments have to get a cut of everything?

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All the above.  I was selling at a small swap meet today - after 5 hours sold about $150 worth of parts, not complaining as I was happy with the day.  I also sell on Ebay but I always sell with the shipping included with my prices so that there are no surprises.  I buy where ever I can find what I need and sometimes that's at a local Antique Mall, here in Canada Kijiji, or auction sale.  All the buying and selling I do is to simply pay for a few parts for the cars that we are working on and the heat and hydro for the shop.  I always figure if I can get what I need and sell the rest and be even then I'm ahead on the deal.  The time spent doing it all is more about the social then the financial.  

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The options in the poll are ok, but of course there are more options to buy parts. I buy a bit from ebay. Some from forums like this one. Some from other specific business’ web sites. Some from my local contacts here in my town. Some from local swap meets. Some regional swap meets. Other places too like Craigslist or Kijiji up here in Canada. I hope to go to Hershey some day. Sort of a bucket list thing. Likely the big Portland annual swapmeet is a more realistic trip. There there are fellow marquis groups members in Facebook. Facebook marketplace too. 

 

I’ve got my fingers into a lot of pots it seems. I generally am patient and am always looking. Last month I picked up an engine, tranny, clutch & related parts for my old Mopars. I didn’t really need it but for $125 I said “I can make room for that”. No freight. Right here in town. Gotta love it. 

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At age 75 I'm a little older then most, and was a little tardy regarding my computer searches for parts. In addition I don't have the patience to sell on Craig's List or Ebay. This is where I feel blessed, my significant other loves to buy and sell on EB. Plus she is a car gal to boot. She and I both feel that a car, or part, is worth saving if someone wants it. It really doesn't matter if it is a part is worth $15 or $500, she just loves the whole process.

 

Mary is somewhat younger then I am, but sadly she is legally blind and can no longer drive. In spite of her condition she still loves the cars, all of which have a name, and are considered part of the family. Not too long ago I began to think about reducing the collection. I didn't want to burden her with my collection after I was gone. One day I just blurted out "Mary am I doing the wrong thing holding on to these cars, should I be getting rid of them?" Her very quick response was "no I have this big garage, I would have to put something in it." The beauty of her response was that I really already sensed what her answer would be. I often wonder how I got so lucky!

Bill

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Don't get a lot of choice but to buy through ebay for us internationals, a lot of people don't want the trouble of shipping overseas so you either use a package forwarder (costly and slow) or ebay

 

I only know of 2 other type 61 cadillac's in Australia, so our options for parts are pretty limited. 

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Hard choices, and not one answer up there works...

 

 If I can buy direct from another collector whether it was here, the PAS, the MTFCA, HCCA, Ford Barn, or a flea market, etc. I prefer it to eBay, BUT it’s not all that easy as those parts I seem to need are hoarded by the people who know what they are and how hard they are to replace...

 

I was very lucky last spring and bought a lot of parts for my Pierce Arrow from a former owner of a similar car. These included a very scarce fuel pump, a decent hubcap, a complete distributor, a NOS cutout, and two NOS distributor caps with  rotors for less than what a single fuel pump in worse condition sold for on eBay. But try as I might to find a used hood latch and spring for the same car and I come up empty. I wound up buying a used reproduction latch handle off eBay which was slightly modified for some reason but still can’t find the spring... at least the handle will look good for the time even if it doesn’t work right.

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In Florida the sales tax is paid when you transfer the title. Then if you have a tag it can be transferred. If not thee is a $225 "new tax" fee.

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I just bought all new brake hardware for my '64 Riviera from Rockauto; wheel cylinders, springs, pins, etc. I like the range of quality. The shoes will be relined; I usually rebuild or have rebuilt original items if I can. NAPA is my place for electrical. The only other needs I have are materials and tools. Local vendors have what I need.

 

The parts compatibility system has pretty much ruined Ebay for me, to much unrelated stuff to bother with.

 

Taxes, fees, and fines are just a given. Over a few centuries of Euro-expansionism the wealth of the world's indigenous peoples has been stolen and squandered to the point of making human labor the most readily available resource - WE are the new indigenous.

 

Winter is coming in this area. All I need to do is budget a little money to heat the garage and make it comfortable enough to walk around with a spray bottle of detailer and a soft cloth.

 

Bernie

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How do you buy and sell parts?

 

with money.

Seriously, I love the thrill of the hunt and excitement of discovery that a good old fashioned swap meet provides.  Include antique shops, antique markets, flea markets, junk shops, antique malls, country auctions and especially what I consider to be unconventional sources.  I've found good antique auto stuff at old bottle shows, post card shows, railroad and train shows, and of course postcard shows and advertising/ephemera markets.

Ebay can be fun but again, I've found lots of good stuff that's incorrectly listed.

Good luck with your survey but I don't think the data you gather will be valid as you've left out a lot of other resources and you're reaching only a limited audience (sample) here.

Terry

 

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"WE are the new indigenous" - agree, after living in Florida since 1957, am considered a "native", is not a bad thing, some places have "native" discounts.

 

Are now in convertible weather when utility bills go down and is nice to be outside.

 

Within 100 miles we have Zephyrhills, Webster, Turkey Rod Run, and Easter Rod Run swap meets, all too big to see in a day.

 

The only thing I'll buy from RA are things that cannot be damaged. Their return process is a nightmare. The paperwork just to get an RMA is incredible and you have to pay return shipping. Kits are returned by each line item.

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Here in town, we actually have an auto parts store (A&E) that specializes in parts for older cars.  I also deal with local marque club members for parts.  If they don't have a part, I can usually get a line on a source for it. 

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8 hours ago, hidden_hunter said:

Don't get a lot of choice but to buy through ebay for us internationals, a lot of people don't want the trouble of shipping overseas so you either use a package forwarder (costly and slow) or ebay

 

I only know of 2 other type 61 cadillac's in Australia, so our options for parts are pretty limited. 

Could you please tell us how bad the "eBay Global" shipping deal is? I'm very happy selling overseas, but like doing the man to man postage, eBay doesn't need another cut on the sale. Bob 

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I use ebay to buy a majority of the parts I have been looking for, and sell as well. I have also sold a few things off of the AACA Forum.

I just recently sold a part on ebay, an NOS compass in a GM heat sealed plastic transparent package, and I know that the buyer made a swap with a broken one. Demanded a refund (which I do not offer) ebay of course ruled in favor of the buyer and I had a broken piece of junk sent to that I KNOW that I did not sell and the buyer. He  ended up getting my NOS part for free. Talking to my friends at Hershey about it, one had mentioned that this seems to be the new scam on ebay. I don't think I will sell any more of my NOS stuff on ebay.

I understand the problem for those who rely on the global shipping plan, but as a seller it is a royal PITA to ship international, and very hard to estimate the price of shipping. It is just not worth my time not to use the global shipping program

 

Also what happened to people leaving feedback? I would say over the past year maybe less then 2/3's of the buyers bother to leave any. 

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Sorry John about your loss, but Mary had the opposite experience on eBay. She advertised, and sold a NOS dash for a late 60's, early 70's Chev/GMC pickup truck. The part had never been installed and included a factory tach. After receiving a favorable response from the buyer, he contacted her indicating damage to the tach, and tried passing off a somewhat frousty used dash for reference. She immediately contacted eBay, regarding the scam, and filed a counter claim. eBay took care of the scammer and Mary's spotless record remained intact. We never heard another word from either the buyer or from eBay. For us the process worked as intended.

Bill

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15 minutes ago, mercer09 said:

who needs to deal with hooligans????????????????

 

You get them everywhere, I had a few small but expensive things go missing at Hershey over the years. I try to look past it, but the ebay thing really bugged me for some reason, only to find out that this seems to be more common then I thought.

I have not bought a part in classified ads for years, I don't even read them much anymore. 

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Had something similar happen back when I serviced tachs: 69-72 Pontiac A-body (GTO) and G-body GP dash tachs are identical except for one thing: the A body has green internal frosting on the A body (common) and a blue frosting on the G-body (rare). Guy contacts me needing a GP tach for a show and he begs if I send him my good one (spare for my GP) and he would send his in return. OK except when I get his, it turns out to be the common green one. He refuses to send mine back. What can you do ?

 

Must say that most of the people I dealt with were honest and straightforward but just do not sell or repair stuff (except the occasional car on CL) any more.

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6 hours ago, John348 said:

I use ebay to buy a majority of the parts I have been looking for, and sell as well. I have also sold a few things off of the AACA Forum.

I just recently sold a part on ebay, an NOS compass in a GM heat sealed plastic transparent package, and I know that the buyer made a swap with a broken one. Demanded a refund (which I do not offer) ebay of course ruled in favor of the buyer and I had a broken piece of junk sent to that I KNOW that I did not sell and the buyer. He  ended up getting my NOS part for free. Talking to my friends at Hershey about it, one had mentioned that this seems to be the new scam on ebay. I don't think I will sell any more of my NOS stuff on ebay.

I understand the problem for those who rely on the global shipping plan, but as a seller it is a royal PITA to ship international, and very hard to estimate the price of shipping. It is just not worth my time not to use the global shipping program

 

Also what happened to people leaving feedback? I would say over the past year maybe less then 2/3's of the buyers bother to leave any. 

 

John,

I feel you pain.  Same thing happened on some new parts that I sold a buyer on ebay.  Buyer claimed they were not new and got a refund and kept the parts from the ruling by ebay. To add insult to injury, I could not even leave any feed back on the seller and the seller gave me a bad rating. It was even stated in the listing no refunds.  Last time that I have sold anything on that platform. 

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On the topic, I would say all of the above except selling on ebay.   I also buy, trade, and sell at Hershey.  Probably  the most important element to finding parts for my projects is my circle of friends.  We all help each other keep our vehicles running swapping & selling parts to each other and giving each other leads.

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16 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Could you please tell us how bad the "eBay Global" shipping deal is? I'm very happy selling overseas, but like doing the man to man postage, eBay doesn't need another cut on the sale. Bob 

 

Absolute crap, 30+ day delivery times and they charge tax at double the actual rate - I try and buy directly from stores where possible and I find the insurance on my credit card is as good as anything that I get through paypal or fleabay

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The poll appears to be missing one of the important sources that has been around for much longer than eBay and/or interweb, i.e. trusted, long-standing independent “brick & mortar” and/or “mail-/phone-order” vintage parts businesses focused on quality items, although in past couple of decades many have gone out of business or had to change their “modus operandi” due to continually increasing demand of cheap and cheaply made parts/supplies by ever increasing groups of wannabe enthusiasts/hobbyist who seem to prefer not spending any serious money on their supposed(?!?) “pride & joy”, yet expect to “make a profit” when selling that cheaply built/maintained crap after its newness wears off, peers quit complimenting them about it and local shows stop giving trophies or other useless nic-nacs just for showing up with it.

 

For past four decades I have been buying vast majority of needed parts, supplies, equipment/tools or services mainly from aforementioned type suppliers and will continue to support them until they stop providing quality parts and services. 

 

Even with my (very) limited means, I’ve always despised and stayed clear of just about anything “cheap”, especially all Chi**se junk, be they equipment/tools, parts or supplies, that has littered this hobby in past 2-3 decades and somehow became acceptable(?) standard.

 

 

 

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TTR

you do realize that most brick and mortar businesses that are still in business are adapting to internet models?

 

if not, for the most part, they are folding. One cannot compete with the costs involved of a solely brick and mortar business.

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1 hour ago, mercer09 said:

TTR

you do realize that most brick and mortar businesses that are still in business are adapting to internet models?

 

if not, for the most part, they are folding. One cannot compete with the costs involved of a solely brick and mortar business.

 

An perfect example of this is Eckler's they have been buying up many of the failing brick and mortar businesses. I have been watching them do this for years, 

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I really wish that the classifieds on this site would grow some legs and get more action. The potential is limitless. I sold a car here a few years ago, and some parts. I just sold a part to member who saw it in the back round of a photo of some things I was bringing to Hershey this year, so you never know....

There might be room for some sub-forums to keep things from going to page 2? 

such as: 

ebay auctions of interest

GM parts, Ford Parts, Mopar parts,, other parts.

Literature.

I realize that this all takes work and also comes with a cost.

Maybe even a small charge to non AACA members (sort of like Craigslist does now for cars) and maybe some sort of motivation to get people to join this great club, making it free to members? 

Just random ideas, I don't want to hijack the post. I came in the house to get another cup of coffee and was checking the site decided if I don't say it now I never will.

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